DaHjaj Hol 110514 – the wind does not respect a fool #tlhIngan #tlh

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Hello, and welcome. You’re listening to DaHjaj Hol, your daily dose of Klingon language. I’m your host, Lawrence Schoen.

Okay, okay, settle down now, it’s time for your weekly proverb. This is one of my favorite Klingon proverbs because it’s both elegant and profound. Ready?

qoH vuvbe’ SuS
the wind does not respect a fool

You might simply take this phrase at face value, and dimiss it for its simplicity. But if you did so, you would be playing the fool. Look deeper. Think about all the other questions that this proverb begs, like “who does the wind respect?” and “if it can respect, or not, what other sorts of actions might wind be capbable of?” That’s the nice thing about symbols and metaphors, they’re one of the ways language lets us look at every day things in new ways, opening fresh worlds for our understanding. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by the 18th annual summer conference of the Klingon Language Institute (aka the qep’a’ wa’maH chorghDIch) which runs from Sunday morning on August 14th through late evening Tuesday, August 16th. The following day, Wednesday, August 17th, is the official beginning of the 69th annual World Science Fiction Convention, conveniently taking place right there in Reno, Nevada!

Back to the qep’a’: This year, we’ll be splitting the conference into two parts:

Part One will be the usual blend of fellowship, curse warfare, singing, story-telling, and assorted language challenges as we’ve enjoyed for the past seventeen years, and will run from Sunday through Monday. We’ll begin in a meeting room at the Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport Hotel for Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday morning we’ll move to larger function space over at Reno’s convention center (courtesy of Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention).

Part Two will begin at noon on Tuesday, and consist of various introductory lessons and explanations intended for newbies, beginners, and visitors dressed in Federation pajamas (or other noncombatants). Klingon grammarians will be on hand to help newcomers (not to be confused with linguistic “fresh meat!”) learn the basics of Klingon and use it to chat, sing, play games, and insult one another.

Full details can be found at http://www.speakklingon.info/

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